14/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) meets and falls in love with the 1950s film noir superstar, Gloria Grahame (Annette Benning) – see The Big Heat, below. Miss Grahame is performing on the London stage, and they both lodge at down at heel digs in North London. In due course they go to meet Turner’s family in Liverpool. The couple travel from there to LA via New York as their relationship develops. But Gloria feels welcome in Liverpool, where she can shed her troubled past. With excellent performances by Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham as Turner’s parents.
“There is a tremendous warmth and tenderness to this sweet, sad love story starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell – a stranger-than-fiction true romance […]. Director Paul McGuigan finds the balance between pathos and humour, working from Matt Greenhalgh’s adaptation of a memoir by the actor and writer Peter Turner.”
(Peter Bradshaw, theguardian.com)
Dir: Paul McGuigan 105mins UK 2017
A welcome return by the film’s Assistant Art Director, Susannah Brough, who will give her valuable insights on its production and context. In 2015 Susannah gave us a brilliant introduction to Rob Brown’s Sixteen. Subject to Susannah’s work commitments.
21/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Following last week’s film, Gloria Grahame stars in this classic film noir. It’s a cops and gangsters story where both sides use women to their own advantage. Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) investigates a corrupt cop’s suicide and discovers that statements from the dead man’s wife and his mistress are at odds. He cynically uses this information knowing that the mobsters will retaliate – which leads to the death of the mistress. Subsequently Bannion’s wife is also murdered. Grahame plays a gangster’s moll used by Bannion to gain information to help him bring down the gang, with tragic results.
“[…] lines such as ‘I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better’ reveal the vulnerability that always made Grahame’s bad girls so human.” (David Parkinson, bfi.org.uk)
Dir: Fritz Lang 90mins USA 1953
28/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Musician Wiktor travels around a monochrome snowy landscape with colleague Irena recording regional folk music. When they set up a school to promote Polish culture and tradition, one of those auditioned is Zula, a beautiful singer and dancer, who has been in prison for murder. To Irene’s disapproval a passionate affair ensues, which will take Wiktor and Zula across political and personal boundary lines. The soundtrack as the years pass (late 40s to 60s), acts as the backdrop to these significant times in European history. The film won Pawlikowski the 2018 Cannes best director award.
“Whatever they endure, whether separation, betrayal, alcoholism, the ravages of ageing or even imprisonment, they never give in to self-pity. Reflecting the two leads, the film retains a quiet humour throughout.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 88mins Pol/Fra/UK 2018
Cold War will be introduced and discussed by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, who added so much to our screening of Ida a couple of seasons ago. Cold War, incidentally, stars Agata Kulesza (the novice in Ida) and Joanna Kulig (the singer in Ida)